Tag: School grades

Florida students flock to another school choice option: career academies

Sixteen-year-old Stormy Foxen dreams of flying an airplane one day. So does classmate Coral Barron, 15, who hopes to join the U.S. Air Force after high school. No flying for Ryan Long, though. “I get sick,’’ said the 14-year-old freshman, who, instead, has set his sights on a career in[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Rezoning snobs, home-school stereotypes, Rick Scott & more

School funding. Gov. Rick Scott wants to spend additional revenue on public schools, reports the Florida Current. Funding and other education issues are woven through a mid-term progress report on Scott from the Tampa Bay Times. Rezoning. The Seminole school district is swamped with proposals, reports Orlando Sentinel. Affluent parents[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Common Core, high school MOOCs, Ghost of Education Past …

Common Core: There is general acceptance among teachers, teachers unions and politicians in Florida that Common Core is a good thing, but questions remain about testing and funding, the Associated Press reports. Next big step. President Obama can build on Common Core by creating another Race to the Top competition,[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Teacher bashing, Newtown fallout, school grades & more

“Teacher bashing” and Newtown. Tampa Bay Times columnist Bill Maxwell sees a connection. Advanced Placement. Is Florida’s approach worth it? asks the Miami Herald. (Here’s another stat worth considering: The number of passed AP tests in Florida has climbed from 87,852 to 136,265 – an increase of 55 percent – over the last[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Security jitters, charter school funding, race-based academic goals & more

Race-based achievement goals. Florida voters don’t like them, according to a new Quinnipiac poll, but … how much of that is based on widely circulated misinformation about them? Coverage from The Buzz, Orlando Sentinel, Palm Beach Post, News Service of Florida, StateImpact Florida. Newtown plus doomsday. Prominent Tampa attorney Barry[Read More…]

Tony Bennett is Florida’s new education commissioner

He’s in. Tony Bennett, the hard-charging Hoosier with a rock-star rep, is the new face of Florida’s school system and its full-throttle reforms. As expected, the Florida Board of Education voted unanimously Wednesday morning to select Bennett, the former state superintendent in Indiana, over two finalists with lower profiles. In[Read More…]